Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard Say They 'Owed It To' Their Daughter To Have A Second Child

Rae Batchelor
Dax, Kristen, and their two daughters.
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It's a pretty frequent argument when it comes to what sibling has it the worst — the oldest having to be the most responsible, the youngest for having to live in their siblings' shadows their whole lives, or the middle child who is often forgotten.

But maybe it's the children without siblings that have it the worst — or at least Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell might think so.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been married since 2013.

The couple share two daughters, whose faces they keep off social media. Their daughters are Lincoln, who's 8 years old, and Delta, who's 6.

It turns out that Lincoln came pretty close to being an only child.

The couple recently revealed that they “did not want a second child.”

“So, I think for Kristen and I, we had two thoughts. One is we travel a lot. It’s not fair to bring this little human everywhere we go and deal with only adults. We owe it to her to give her a playmate that travels with us,” Dax explained.

Dax explained their love for their daughter was a strong influence.

“We love her enough to do something we don’t really want to do, which is, have a second ’cause we were so absolutely happy with just the one," he said.

"Our kids are already so privileged beyond belief," he went on.

"It rattles both of us being from very modest backgrounds. So, minimally to make this spoiled [expletive], my firstborn, live in the same room with another person and have to share everything,” he said.

Dax went on.

“I needed a force of compromise and sharing and discomfort, ’cause I wasn’t gonna give it to her in the other ways. So, we just thought it would be really helpful to make her a better person to have to deal with someone else.”

“I will say, the corner we’ve turned is now the party," he said of his daughters getting older.

"Not only do they party together, they’re united against us, which I love," Dax said, adding that when he's “giving it to one of the girls, the other one comes over like, ‘You’re not being nice to Lincoln, you didn’t listen to what she said.'”

"And I’m like, ‘That’s right. That’s your role.'"

"You guys gang up and kill me. It’s you two against the world like that.'”

Dax revealed that wanting their first child to always have company became a moot point after their second anyway.

“We had two kids and all of a sudden, we were like, ‘Oh, we’re never leaving town to work again. So, ironically … the reason we had, it didn’t even come to fruition. But that doesn’t matter,” he said.

What do you think? Should parents have a second child so their first isn't lonely? Let us know in the comments!